A journey inside 'Lost Girl' with Anna Silk Special
Actress Anna Silk talks at length her leading role as the heroic and sexy Succubus Bo, in the Canadian supernatural hit drama 'Lost Girl', before starting to shoot Season 3 of the show, hinting gently into the remainder of Season 2, the finale and more.
A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Silk has come a long way from the over-stressed flight attendant in the super hilarious Nicoderm commercial to her first leading role in the most watched scripted TV series on Canada's Showcase, Lost Girl
. The show is centered on Bo, a supernatural seductress who feeds on humans' sexual energy with lethal results.
Although she was raised by humans, she is forced to delve into a world unknown to her, the world of the Light and Dark Fae, going through an ongoing self-discovery journey. She meets along the way a Fae police detective, Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), and the human doctor Lauren Lewis (Zoie Palmer) whose task is to help Bo control her urges and protect her from the Fae punishments. They all spark a love triangle of extreme complexity and ramifications.
As the end of Season 2 is getting nearer on Showcase, with three more episodes to air, and after some dramatic events that unfolded in the last week's episode, Anna Silk has graciously accepted to talk to Digital Journal from her home in Los Angeles, providing some valuable insight into what the audience should expect from the remaining episodes, what makes this show so special and how meaningful the portrayal of Bo is to her both as an actor and a person.
First of all, congratulations on the success of the show!
Thank you very much.
How does it feel to be part of it?
Oh, it's been really fantastic. We really couldn't have anticipated that the show would catch on like this and have such a worldwide audience. And everyone's so, really into the relationship in the different characters. And they really care about us. It was really nice. And they care about the show. They're very vocal about the show. So, it feels amazing to have that kind of participation.
How have you been spending the hiatus between Season 2 and 3 of Lost Girl?
Well, I came back to California and stayed home. I did some things with friends here and just wanted to be in California for a little while. The show, the second season was 22 episodes, so we were in Toronto for about 10 months. So, it's just nice to be back home and resting and getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
You play a strong yet vulnerable character that had to go through a lot along the show. How do you think Bo has grown as a character in the last two seasons?
She's grown a lot in the last two seasons. From the beginning of the series, she's so new to the Fae world. She's just discovered that she's part of it. So, there's so much growth for a character like that. And that's what really drew me to the script, too, so I knew that there could only be a room for tons of growth. So, she learned a lot first season.
She makes some careless decisions, I think, in the first season because she doesn't really fully understand what she's a part of. And by the end of the first season, she really does understand what she's a part of. At least she's beginning to. And, going into second season, she is more confident. She's stronger, she's a little bit more cautious, too, and realizes that there's consequences to her actions. So, she's got to be a little bit smarter and a little bit more of a leader.
What do you find the most challenging about playing her?
Everyday is a new challenge, to be honest, whether it's something really physical or whether it's a love scene. Bo is really kind of like the audience in terms of really learning as she goes. The challenge, I guess, as the actor is just allowing that to happen. And seeing where it takes you and trusting that it takes you to great places. And it does, it really does.
And is there anything that you would do differently if you were her?
Well, I don't think I'd be quite as brave as Bo a lot of the time. [laughter] But I think, you know, there are definitely similarities. I stick up for my friends and I feel a really deep sense of loyalty with them. I don't know what I would do differently. I don't know. That is a good question that I just don't have an answer to.
How do you think this role changed you as a person?
Well, the great thing is that, Bo sort of learned as she goes, and I've gotten to learn along with her. Like, I definitely feel like I learned from Bo as she learns from me, since I am her. But I definitely learned from her. I learned to not back down. And I've definitely grown as a person and grown in confidence because of this role. So, it's been a real gift into my own personal life, as well.
Let's talk a bit about Season 2 in particular, because you mentioned at Fan Expo in Toronto last year that Season 2 episodes were shot in order, as opposed to Season 1. Was there a moment when you got the script that surprised you or shocked you?
It was a gift getting to shoot Season 2 in order because the story really unfolds for you the way it unfolds for the audience. There's certainly a lot of twists and turns in the second season that did surprise all of us, I think. We definitely have episodes that tend to be a little bit lighter and maybe don't reveal as much, but they always develop the relationships. There's always a sense of bonding or breaking apart of something on an emotional level. So, I think everything was a pleasant surprise. We've got really great writers on our show.
And since you are in nearly every scene of every episode, how much of a challenge was that for you?
I'm not going to lie, it's definitely a challenge. It's just really a marathon. You really have to pace yourself to make sure that you can keep your energy up and finish strong. So, that's definitely a challenge but it's funny because I had experienced the first season, even though it had 13 episodes, I felt more exhausted after the first season than the second because the second I was prepared for and I prepared for it in a different way in terms of just my mental state of pacing myself through it, so I'm definitely ready for the third season.
How do you think the extension from 13 episodes to 22 has impacted Season 2?
Well, we had a longer time to tell the story. We didn't know we were doing 22 when we started, so the writers had to be pretty clever with figuring out how to extend that story and still make it interesting and still make it fun and still make it a good show, and I think they achieved that and I don't actually know if the third season is 22 episodes, I believe it is, but that hasn't been confirmed and I actually don't know, but, I hope it is. I think the writers did a really good job.
Season 2 introduced us to some new intriguing characters. Tell me about the relationship between Bo and Ryan. What do you think Bo sees in Ryan and why do you think she's so drawn to him?
Anthony Lemke who plays Ryan is a great actor and he's really fun to work with. And he's very charismatic and so Ryan is very charismatic, so I think Bo is drawn to that. I like that Bo is in a relationship for a while that might not be very good for her. Bo's the lead character of the show, but it doesn't mean she always makes the best decisions. I like that, I like that she has those flaws.
Ryan's really not good for her, but she's with him right now and it's fun for her and she's enjoying the sex, she's enjoying the banter and he's a very intriguing and charismatic person but, I don't think that it's the best relationship for Bo. But, Lauren is with Nadia, Dyson is with Ciara and has his own thing going on and can't love her anymore. So, I think she kind of figures, why not? Why not, right now.
And the new intriguing characters attracted also more conflicting situations. Especially from Lauren's side, who's been struggling with so many different emotions since Nadia [played by Athena Karkanis] woke up from her coma.
Yeah, I mean everyone's got their own sort of storyline that's very rich and full. And Kenzi [Ksenia Solo] too, what I like about Kenzi in terms of Ryan, she's wise to him. She doesn't trust him for a second, which what I think best friends do. Sometimes your friend dates someone that you think they shouldn't be dating and sometimes you tell them but sometimes you just have to keep your mouth shut and hope that it runs its own course.
Is there any scene in particular that was the hardest to shoot for you emotionally and physically in the same time?
Well, there is a scene in our [Season 2] finale, but I can't tell you about that. [laughter] Which is both physical and emotional. But, I don't know. There's definitely been some more... Episode 19 in Season 2 is one of my favorites.
Speaking of episode 19, Nadia's death was a shocker and I think nobody expected this to happen that soon and in that way. How is this going to impact the relationship between Bo and Lauren?
Absolutely it is. It's a really sad situation actually and it definitely puts problems between Lauren and Bo. And there's some damage done there that needs to be repaired so it definitely changes their relationship and they have to kind of recover from that.
Anything you could add to that, of course, without giving too much away?
I guess, they have to work on their relationship in the context that there's something else going on in their world right now. There's a bigger thing, a bigger threat coming to all of their world and that has to kind of be something where they have to put their differences aside to fight. So that helps them in a way because it does help cushion the hurt that has resulted from what happened with Nadia.
Let's talk a bit about the great time you guys share on the set, as you all mentioned in interviews how well you all gelled together. How do you spend the time between scenes?
Well, it depends on the scene. If it's something that's very, very complicated or there's lots of complicated dialogs or something like that then the actors tend to stick together. You know we have our little chairs outside of the set and we'll sit and go through the scene a little bit more or just sit and stay together and maybe talk about it or go through some of the lines or whatever.
All scenes kind of take a while to shoot so sometimes we just go back to our separate trailers and relax. It just really depends on what the scene is but often times if all of us are there on a given day, we'll hang out and laugh. Sometimes Kris [Holden-Ried] will get his guitar out and play. [laughter] It's a very happy group so it just really depends, it depends on the location too. Sometimes we're in locations and it's cold so honestly we just want to stay warm.
Which one of you is the one who is making the funniest pranks?
Probably Kris, I would say. And the other thing that people don't realize too, and I know I've said it before in interviews but Zoie [Palmer], who plays Lauren, is really funny. Her sense of humor is hysterical so she has us laughing a lot too. And Paul [Amos], who plays Vex, is a lot of fun too. We laugh a lot. We definitely laugh a lot.
You did a hilarious commercial for Nicoderm as Deb, the frustrated flight attendant attempting to quit smoking, which was hysterical. You can do comedy, you can do drama. Which is the one more appealing to you that you would like to do more of?
I don't know. Thank you, I'm glad you like the commercial. I think I'm more drawn to drama but that's because I don't have a ton of experience with comedy. I think that, I mean, you know, I certainly like both. But I think I'm more, sort of naturally drawn to drama.
You've also played the role of Cassidy in CBC's Being Erica, which earned you a Gemini nomination. Would you be willing to play more lesbian or female friendly roles?
Definitely. It really would just depend on the role. I mean, the great thing about Being Erica and the great thing about Lost Girl, is they've written characters that are real and not one-dimensional. The relationship between Erica and Cassidy was real, you know. It really meant something to both of them. And same thing with Bo and Lauren. They're real relationships and I'm happy to be part of a show that represents a relationship like that in an honest way. I mean, I know it's a fantasy world, but the relationship is honest and organic.
That attracts even more the audience, who wants to forget for a while about what happens in their daily lives and just escape into a world of fantasy and supernatural creatures, where there's humor, great characters' interaction and a lack of sexuality judgment, which is absolutely fantastic.
It is fantastic! You don't see that on TV presented in that way. You know, when the show first came out, I would get asked a lot in the beginning by press, "Oh, you play a bisexual character; she's bisexual," and I'd be like, "Well, yeah, but we don't really talk about it on the show." We don't highlight it. We don't say, "Oh, this is the lesbian part of the relationship." We don't do that. With Bo and Dyson and Bo and Lauren, in the first season anyway, those relationships, they both rival each other in a very real way, and we don't talk about it. It's just who she is, and it's okay, and I think I'm proud of that.
That's one of the reasons why the show is even more engaging to both gay and straight viewers. Lost Girl has such a diverse audience regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation.
Oh my gosh! I know. I always say to people, you cannot draw a picture of a Lost Girl fan because you can't. They're so diverse. You're right. They're all different ages. People come up to me like, "Oh, my grandma loves the show." [laughter] I'm like, really? You know, good for grandma. I think that's great. [laughter] So yeah, it's been really rewarding.
Speaking of fans and interaction with fans, you're very active on Twitter and Facebook. And you also attended the last two Fan Expos and you've been to Comic-Con, too. Any other similar events that Lost Girl ensemble cast might go to this year?
I don't know. We start production in about four weeks in Canada. And we'll be starting Season 3, so I don't know for sure, but I imagine we'll be back at Fan Expo Toronto and probably at Comic-Con, but I actually don't know. I haven't gotten any confirmation about that. And in terms of other events around the world, once we're shooting, it's pretty hard for us to go anywhere, unfortunately but who knows maybe we can have some sort of Skype technology to get us to fan events or something. Because it would be nice to participate.
With Season 3 at the horizon what would you, Anna Silk, like to see happen in the show?
I think I'd love to see Bo continue to grow and I'd love to see her exploring some other sides of herself. I think Bo is still developing as a Succubus, and as a Fae. I know it's kind of general, but I'd just love to see her continue to be challenged and I'd like it to continually evolve and continually change. And I'd like to see her in terms of relationships. I think Lauren and Dyson are always gonna be in her life, so, it just really depends on how much they're in her life. So, I don't know, we'll see.
Have you seen any script yet?
No. Not yet. Everyone is busy writing away.
You guys are also scheduled to film a pre-show to be aired before the Season 2 finale, right?
Yeah. Actually, I'm heading up to Canada next week because we're taping on March 25. We're taping a pre-show which I think is going to be really cool. I think we're filming in the Dal Riata. I'm not 100 percent sure and I don't want to give the wrong information, but I think we're filming in the Dal Riata which will be cool.
And Trick [Rick Howland] will serve you the drinks.
One final question, Anna. Of course, nobody wants Lost Girl to ever end, but eventually that will happen at some point. How would you personally like the show to end and the different relationships to have panned out at that stage?
I think, just like in life, things continue to evolve and it's always a journey. I think that we shouldn't have a story book ending. I mean, I think that Bo shouldn't have everything figured out by the time the series ends. I think that she should continue to learn. I think she should have learned enough and have enough skills that she can take that into the next part of her life. So I think that it should end with her finding new beginnings, really.
And in terms of the relationships, I don't know, I think her and Kenzi will always be friends. They'll probably gain a bit of independence from each other a little bit because maybe Kenzi one day will want to get married. She's human, she might want some human parts to her life and I think that they're best friends and they're sisters in a way but they are not the same. And I think that they'd have to respect that with each other, but still always remain friends.
And with Lauren, same thing, Lauren is human as well, that presents a problem down the road when humans eventually get old and die and Fae don't necessarily do that, so that relationship would change too, but I think Bo will always take care of both of them. And with Dyson, I mean, Dyson will always be someone that Bo trusts immensely.
She trusted him from the very beginning and despite everything that happened with them romantically. He was her first real relationship. She'd never had a relationship, she was like a teenager, so I think that relationship will always just stay strong. And with Trick, there's lots to come for Bo and Trick so, I think that relationship will remain really strong.
They've always had a special relationship.
They do. Exactly. There's a bond there that's sort of unexplained and really strong.
What about Hale [K.C. Collins]?
And Hale, too. Oh my gosh! I don't want to forget about Hale. He and Bo have never really had a lot of storylines together or any specific storylines but he's part of the family.
Any message you would like to send out to your fans?
Just... Thank you. Thank you for watching and not just watching, but thank you for being an active part of the show, because we do listen to what people say and the producers and staff they look at what fans say and they play an active role in our show. So thank you for watching but thank you for caring and speaking your mind.